Golly, it’s gong time again

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

Hard though it may be to be­lieve, awards sea­son – which now lasts close to six months – has just kicked into ac­tion. The open­ing salvoes come with the ar­rival of the Venice and Tel­luride Film Fes­ti­vals. Venice opened with Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu’s Bird­man, which re­ceived near-univer­sal ac­claim and is surely in strong po­si­tion to draw gongs into its or­bit. Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch has been get­ting strong no­tices for his per­for­mance as math­e­ma­ti­cian Alan Tur­ing in Morten Tyl­dum’s The Imi­ta­tion Game.

Per­haps the most cel­e­brated film of the nascent sea­son stands lit­tle chance of reg­is­ter­ing with Os­car vot­ers.

The lat­est from Swedish absurdist Roy An­der­s­son has left re­view­ers at Venice ut­terly breath­less. Both the Guardian and the Daily Tele­graph awarded five stars to the pithily ti­tled A Pi­geon Sat on a Branch Re­flect­ing on Ex­is­tence. We can’t wait.

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